Published: Fri, February 21, 2020
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wales and France name teams for Saturday's Six Nations showdown

Wales and France name teams for Saturday's Six Nations showdown

Victory for Wales would keep them in the Six Nations title mix - and recent history is on their side.

France, looking to maintain their winning start to the tournament, have made one personnel change from the win over Italy.

Wales head coach Wayne Pivac has called Gareth Davies and Ross Moriarty into the starting line-up for Saturday's Guinness Six Nations clash against France. "They come full of confidence", Pivac said.

"If we can start well, which is something we are trying to achieve in both halves - we've been a bit slow out of the blocks - then that experience will hopefully come through for us and will test some of the inexperienced players in their side". He replaces Aaron Wainwright. In fact if you go back to the history books.

France's 35-22 win over Italy a week later was more comfortable, but in reality Les Bleus were sloppy and would have been punished by better opposition.

"We're focusing on our strength of the moment, our organisation, our working technique which is different and has evolved since the quarter-final", the former France scrumhalf and captain said.

"We want to build on what we have done so far and are looking to be more accurate with what we do and improve on that aspect", Pivac said.

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"That's their big challenge now, to produce a 60-minute performance because I think 50 minutes in Cardiff won't be good enough".

Then-Wales coach Warren Gatland admitted after the game that "the better side had lost", but the French won't have taken any comfort from Gatland's words as a second consecutive World Cup ended in a last-eight exit. However, a win for Wales would certainly open things up further.

The other two sides are Fiji and Argentina. Fickou, 25, has been designated as Edwards's defensive leader, but 20-year-old Arthur Vincent would have to step up alongside Virimi Vakatawa in the centre.

Wales (v France): L Halfpenny (Scarlets); G North (Ospreys), N Tompkins (Saracens), H Parkes (Scarlets), J Adams (Cardiff Blues); D Biggar (Northampton), G Davies (Scarlets); W Jones (Scarlets), K Owens (Scarlets), D Lewis (Cardiff Blues), J Ball (Scarlets), A W Jones (Ospreys, capt), R Moriarty (Dragons), J Tipuric (Ospreys), T Faletau (Bath).

Replacements: Elias, R Evans, Brown, Rowlands, Wainwright, T Williams, J Evans, McNicholl.

Camille Chat, Jean-Baptiste Gros, Dylan Cretin and Thomas Ramos are all named on the bench.

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